Structure Fire with Fatality
SANTA BARBARA, CA – November 18, 2011
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department responded to a report of structure fire in the lower east side of Santa Barbara last night. Initial reports placed the fire on Calle Cesar Chavez. Fire apparatus arrived to find a fire burning on Quarantina Street just south of Kimball Street (official address later ascertained to be 2 South Quarantina Street).
Initial arriving engine companies found a large fire in an industrial storage area. SBFD Engine 2 was first to arrive and immediately relayed a burn victim and a possible missing subject in the fire area. The burn victim was immediately attended to by firefighters. This patient was transported by private ambulance to Cottage Trauma Center. He was later transported to a burn center in Los Angeles.
Due to the large amount of fire load and combustible materials, a second alarm was sounded bringing a total of five fire engines, one ladder truck and one battalion chief to the scene.
The fire area provided limited access however; fire attack was initiated with multiple hose lines. A search of the fire area was also immediately undertaken. Fire investigators also arrived and an immediate fire investigation ensued.
After the fire was knocked down, a subsequent search revealed a deceased female victim deep within the fire area. She was found in a make-shift living area within the storage yard. Age and name are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next-of-kin by the Santa Barbara County Sherriff-Coroner.
The area was cordoned off and fire investigation continued. Investigators activated the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Fire Investigation Task Force. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Contact: Chris Mailes, Fire Captain
Phone: 805 965-5254